Chicago Under Fire / AJ+ Producer
America: Manufacturing Hope / CBS Cinematographer
Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars / VICE News Producer
The Morgue / The Guardian Video Journalist and Editor
Burundi On The Brink / VICE News Shooter and Co-Producer
New Hampshire's Prison Detox / VICE News Director of Photography
A Crisis in Cleveland / The New York Times Cinematographer
Four-Day School Weeks / VICE News Tonight Cinematographer
Chicago Under Fire / AJ+ Producer Role: ProducerIt's easy to buy a gun on the streets of Chicago, where violence has recently soared to records highs. Despite some of the strictest gun laws in the country, the city is inundated with guns from out of town and out of state. This past summer exposed a relentless string of shootings and a city struggling to find solutions.AJ+'s documentary series Guns in America explores how fear and power define Americans' relationship with guns. The six-part series examines the controversy over assault rifles, guns in schools, the rise of concealed carry, the NRA's new agenda, smart guns and record shooting rates in Chicago.
America: Manufacturing Hope / CBS CinematographerRole: Director of Photographer / Lead Camera CBSN Originals documents the lives of struggling Americans in Erie, PA. CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas explores the landscape of this once-proud town, and sees and hears firsthand the heavy emotional toll that years of layoffs and economic strife have taken on its residents.
Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars / VICE News ProducerRole: Producer America's relationship with its mentally ill population continues to suffer as a result of inadequacies in the country's mental health care system.For the mentally ill in Chicago, the effects of this inadequacy are felt on a magnified scale, as budget cuts and a lack of community-based mental health resources have left these individuals with minimal support. More often than not, this means being repeatedly swept up into the criminal justice system for low-level, non-violent crimesVICE News takes an immersive look at this issue by going inside the Cook County Jail and speaking with community members on Chicago's south side.
The Morgue / The Guardian Video Journalist and EditorRole: Producer, VJ, EditorAn emergency room executive tries to frighten kids into understanding gun violence – by showing them its deadly results. Khari Edwards takes children to the morgue and shows them graphic videos, a technique that some parents are reluctant to accept. But Edwards says what they experience is ‘really their reality’. This is part of a collaboration between The Guardian and The Trace. I worked with a print reporter named Elizabeth Van Brocklin on this feature. To see the accompanying print piece, click here. Warning: contains footage some may find disturbing
Burundi On The Brink / VICE News Shooter and Co-ProducerRole: Shooter / Co-Producer During the summer of 2015, VICE News correspondent Danny Gold and myself spent 6 weeks reporting on the political crisis facing Burundi. We produced a series of dispatches which aired over the course of the summer. To see the whole series, please click here. Synopsis of Dispatch 1:Over 150,000 people have fled the small Eastern African nation of Burundi since political strife, intimidation, and unrest have plagued the country in recent months. Many of those migrants have sought refuge in neighboring Rwanda. Nearly 30,000 civilians are now living in Mahama refugee camp, one of the largest UNHCR camps built since the crisis began in April 2015. A large number of activists, journalists, politicians, and opposition leaders have also fled Burundi for their own personal safety, settling in Rwanda's capital, Kigali. VICE News stops through Rwanda en route to Burundi and speaks with young men at Mahama camp and an activist in Kigali about what life is like amid the current political crisis.
New Hampshire's Prison Detox / VICE News Director of PhotographyRole: Director of PhotographyThe United States is dealing with a major public health crisis. Over the last decade, heroin-related overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled. The epicenter of this epidemic is New Hampshire, with the highest rate of young adults abusing opioids in the country. The state is also second to last in the nation on spending for substance abuse programs. Unless New Hampshire residents are able to pay thousands of dollars up front for programs, they're on months-long waiting lists to get in, leaving them vulnerable to fatal overdoses.VICE News goes to one state facility that is readily providing substance abuse treatment — the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.
A Crisis in Cleveland / The New York Times CinematographerThe housing bust continues for many in Cleveland, especially in predominantly black neighborhoods. The city is tearing down hundreds of homes to deal with the blight that has resulted.
Four-Day School Weeks / VICE News Tonight CinematographerThis segment originally aired Oct. 21, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.One third of all Oklahoma school districts are now operating on a four-day schedule.Oklahoma has cut education funding per student more than any other state over the last 8 years. In the past, Oklahoma has compensated for funding cuts with oil revenue, but oil prices have declined in recent years.“Teachers have been reluctant,” principal Nathan Gray told VICE News correspondent Roberto Ferdman. “You’re now forced to cover all the curriculum, all the testing that’s required by the state, in four days.”In Oklahoma’s Noble school district, all schools are closed on Fridays to save money, one principal oversees two elementary schools to avoid hiring a second administrator, and the district superintendent also works bus duty.Gray says a four-day school week isn’t what anyone wanted, but it was the only way to cope with the cuts. “This was our best way to survive.”
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